Hi all, I'm a newbie poster, but have been with this forum for a while. I wanted to comment on the organic vs conventional poultry feed, and why organic right now is the best way to go. Organic poultry feed in a nutshell is GMO FREE, and I like the fact that Green Mountain is GMO free. All commercially corn grown in this country is genetically modified seeds and the dangerous engineering behind these seeds gets passed down the food chain.
Specifically, and without getting too technical, GMO corn known as BT (bacillus thuringiensis) corn, is allegedly the main culprit for a lot of health problems in children as well as adults. Aliments such as leaky gut, asthma, diabetes, acid reflux, and more. In the GMO corn field, the ingested corn kills the pest by exploding its stomach thus killing it.
Now, it would make sense that if you feed your chickens GMO corn (commercially processed), that the chickens would then pass on that BT chemical via their eggs and meat. I know organic feed prices can be ridiculous (Nature's Best is another good brand, and I've used it for years, and my chickens do very well on it but it's 50 bucks a 50lb bag now!!). I would rather see congress pass a bill forcing food manufacturers to label their food GMO FREE so consumers can make informed choices--including livestock feed. And don't be fooled by the websites and mainstream that pish-shaw and flit away the dangers of Monsanto GMO and Bt corn. They are real, the studies have been done, and the facts are in. But our own government protect the monsters such as Monsanto, Cargill, BASF and hence these companies continue to poison our food system(s).
I highly recommend organic feed for the chickens. To me it's like a health insurance policy, because if our chickens are eating right, then we know we can eat better, and our health won't suffer. My chickens have never been nutrient deficient on organic feed. They have never been sick, and are smart as hell. Beware of all foods that contain commercially grown corn, high fructose corn syrup, rape seed (canola) and soy--all GMO.